Don’t you wish Smitty would say, ‘Hey Raheem, bring it on!’

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Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris proclaimed the Buccaneers to be the best team in the NFC after their 18-17 win over the St. Louis Rams.

The good thing about the NFL is that he and his team will get a chance to backup his big talk. The Bucs are off to a surprising 4-2 start and quarterback Josh Freeman is looking kind of special.

After the bye week, the Bucs come to the Georgia Dome for a Nov. 7 NFC South Showdown. The Bucs play the Arizona Cardinals next week and have a chance to  move into a tie with the Falcons for first place.

Falcons coach Mike Smith was a lot more subdued in his post-game remarks.

Here are the highlights from his post-game media chat:

SMITH’S OPENING REMARKS:  “I know it’s a cliché, but you’ve got to play the game for 60 minutes and when you do that you’re going to get an opportunity to get the outcome that you want. I felt like we started fast and were in control of the ballgame the first, second, and fourth quarters. The third quarter was a little bit Halloween-ish in terms of it wasn’t a treat, it was a trick. I thought that our guys played extremely hard for the entire ballgame. They never put their heads down. They showed a lot of resiliency in terms of the adversity that took place there in the third quarter.”

ON RODDY WHITE’S MEGA-GAME: “You saw Roddy make some spectacular catches there, the one handed (catch) on the sideline early in the game. Wonderful play on the two-point conversation. Roddy probably to this point has been our best player on our football team through our first seven games. I don’t think there is any doubt about that. He came into this season in the best shape he’s ever been. He’s working hard and you are seeing the results of that hard work during the offseason out there on the field. “

ON THAT ZANY THIRD QUARTER: “There wasn’t a concern because it’s something that has never happened to us in terms of our football team. As I said, I think it’s a learning lesson. It’s a lesson for us as a team to find out how we can overcome those situations because believe me, when you’re up 21 to three at halftime and then you go down 25-24 when you start the fourth quarter, it says a lot about our guys. I don’t believe that they were over confident one bit. They know it’s a 60 minute game.”

ON THOMAS DeCOUD’S HEAD INJURY: “They would not allow Thomas to come back in the ballgame. Again, I don’t know how, I know it was a head injury. I don’t know what they’re calling it right now. Both he and fullback Ovie Mughelli were out after their injuries.  . . I know that both of those guys at halftime were ruled out of the football game.”

ON THE BENGALS MUCH HYPED RECEIVERS: “That’s a very talented group. Both of those wide outs that were out there today are guys that have had great careers. We knew that it was going to be a challenge for us. We knew that they were going to make their plays. Our biggest thing was that we wanted to try to keep the ball with those two guys in front of us and not let them throw it over our head. I think we had mixed results in that regard today.”

ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE PLAY: “I thought that the offensive line kept the pocket clean and that’s very important to be successful in throwing the football you’ve got to keep that pocket clean. It’s not necessarily giving up sacks, it’s keeping the pocket clean where the quarterback can step up and go through this progressions. I thought that they did a good job. Again, the run blocking by the offensive line was effective.”

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108 comments Add your comment

North FLA Falcon

October 25th, 2010
10:14 am

tjhook

October 25th, 2010
10:15 am

tjhook

October 25th, 2010
10:20 am

North Florida- you got me. I was born in Jacksonville so it’s all good. Roddy White is playing All-Pro ball this year. As far as the Bucs, we should win because their primary deep threat is a tight end.

GEAUX FALCONS! OUR TIME!! (Shout out to SEENB4)

North FLA Falcon

October 25th, 2010
10:21 am

We need to take advantage of the bye week. Get everyone healthy, but don’t slack off. We have the Yucs then a short week to the Ravens on Thursday night 11/11. The Bengals have some good individual play makers but I like us as a TEAM. Keep it together, and keep on winning Falcons!

F Troop

October 25th, 2010
10:30 am

A maturity game for sure. Started fast like they used to two years ago. They fell behind in the strangest of ways, but they didn’t panic like Falcons teams f old. A testimony to the coaches and the players buying into “the process”. As impressed as I was by Roddy, it was Matt Ryan’s best passing day in a while. Cool as ever. I was so giddy after that win. Part of me though wants to see Coach Smith pull a Jerry Glanville and present the team a massive trophy for sweeping the state of Ohio.

Josh

October 25th, 2010
10:33 am

Lets destroy the Yucks. Rise Up!!!

Stevie B.

October 25th, 2010
10:37 am

Can’t you imagine what we could have done to them Cleveland yesterday if we still had MV7. I bet he wouldnt not have thrown the ball away so much and gave us up out lead in third qrtr. He would have run for a 1000 yards and run all their defense line. Mr. Author, please call Mike Vick back to work on you team. We need him back bad.

In two week we get to play Bucs. I bet we wish real bad MV7 still play on Falcons then. They will show Matty what the turf feel like on his behind.

Go Faclons!!!!

Josh

October 25th, 2010
10:38 am

Somebody needs to tell Coach Morris that he doesn’t have the Jets talent, so there is no need to adopt the swagger of Rex Ryan. It will only get your little team in trouble. Hell, look at the Cowboys. In the all you hear about is them playing the Super Bowl in there little new stadium and Owner Jerry Jones says anything less than the super bowl will be a setback. Well you guys see where that chatter has taken them so far.

Morris is only putting unneeded pressure on this football club. Mike Smith doesn’t make those kind of comments. Week after week, win or loose, Smitty says ” we have some things to work on and we need to get better.”

Josh

October 25th, 2010
10:41 am

Stevie,

you should really consider changing teams. I bet you were really happy last week when the Eagles beat us, Huh? I bet you were one of those clowns in the dome last week, cheering “we want vick”.

We should revoke your falcons fan license and you should move north to Philly. I hear they have a pretty good team.

Stevie B.

October 25th, 2010
10:45 am

Josh, Thanks for the comment!! I am just messing around… Love the Falcons!! I get cracked up when I read the nonsense some people post about Vick. In all honesty, I am glad he is gone. Our team is much better without him and so are the Eagles.

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waynester

October 25th, 2010
10:56 am

There’s confidence and there’s arrogance. We saw arrogance on the part of the Cincy receiving corps. I think what we’re seeing from Morris is confidence. We’d better not look ahead to the Ravens or we’ll get embarrassed by the Bucs.
Josh
Was correct earlier. Although it would be fun (as a fan) to see Smitty respond in kind to Morris–he’s much too smart to do it. His hallmark since arriving has been to say as little as possible/say nice things about our opponents and provide NO bulletin-board material AT ALL. The team seems to echo his style. Talk is cheap–let’s beat ‘em on the field where it counts….

Joe Tess Fish House

October 25th, 2010
10:57 am

Caoch Smith better be ascared of the Bucs. There QB looks a lot beter then Matt Rayn,. Unlike Ryan, he dont get worst as the season wears on.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 25th, 2010
10:57 am

I think Morris is trying to sell tickets down there or something. He’s from New Jersey and well, they took a bunch of mess.

North FLA Falcon

October 25th, 2010
11:01 am

DOL can you update us on Falcons injuries. NFL network showed many Falcons on IR … Mike Johnson? JP Wilson? Were these guys just inactive or are they injured? Thanks.

LJ

October 25th, 2010
11:26 am

It’s very hard to take anyone seriously (yes, you Joe Tess) who misspells at least two words in every post. I’m beginning to believe you’re just a troll doing it on purpose.

Greg from Marietta

October 25th, 2010
11:35 am

“SeenThisB4″ what happened to your Saints? Why aren’t you on the Falcons Blog spouting your crap for your beloved team telling everyone how “Its Your Time”? Maybe you’ve become a Cleveland fan.

falcoholic

October 25th, 2010
11:44 am

My takeaways from the Cinci game
1. Matt Ryan IS capable of play action. The misdirection was *way* better yesterday and it made a difference.
2. The play calling was more diversified and it really uncorked the offense. The Falcons have been handicapping their offense with the play calling.

Both of these shortcomings were addressed this week and the Falcons are a much better performing offense because of it. Now that they have shown that they are capable, they must not revert to their past form. Keep working on the stealth and play diversity, and the Falcons will turn in more games like this one!

Dwayne

October 25th, 2010
11:50 am

This TEAM is 16-1 in the Dome that Matt Ryan is the starting QB.

Joe Tess Fish House

October 25th, 2010
11:51 am

Great. More insults and no discussion. What do you no LJ?

cejay

October 25th, 2010
11:51 am

Well, its the truth !!!!

Falcon Jim

October 25th, 2010
11:51 am

Stevie B.,

Sarcasm is always a dangerous approach on blogs. Most folks won’t get it and go away believing you meant what you said. I THOUGHT I was reading sarcasm, but wasn’t sure until you confessed.

Falcon Jim

October 25th, 2010
11:55 am

Joe Phish-Breath. You are right. You are always right. Tell people your spelling and grammar are just an alternative style. This is your “shtick.” You are still the Jr Samples of swamp humor on this blog. Here’s…………………….Joe Phish-Breath ! ! ! !

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 25th, 2010
11:57 am

North Fla — JPW is the third string quarterback. Mike Johnson is a backup/inactive lineman. Known Injuries: Dunta Robinson (knee/concussion), Thomas DeCoud (concussion), Ovie Mughelli (hamstring) and Sean Weatherspoon (knee).

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 25th, 2010
11:58 am

No censoring. We are not talking about the Saints today.
Saints free zone today.

Supes

October 25th, 2010
11:58 am

The Rams should have won that game against Tampa Bay, they were the better team…Tampa Bay is a good up and coming young team as well, but they have ways to go. Falcons will humble their a&&es in a couple of weeks.

Falcon Jim

October 25th, 2010
11:59 am

Well, cejay, were you a bad boy? Mr. Ledbetter is probably still fired up from the win.

cejay

October 25th, 2010
12:01 pm

Hey, sounds good to me, I could go for never talking about them. Speaking of which, why don’t you just ban Seenthis

Joe Tess Fish House

October 25th, 2010
12:03 pm

DOL, can you stop all the insults twoards me? I dont care if they disagreee with me but I dont like the insluts.

Falcon Jim

October 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

Joe, I don’t inslut you.

cejay

October 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

@Joe Tess Fish House
What happened to your boys????? T.O and Ocho……They didn’t live up to your “greatness”

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

JT — You’re baiting them into those insults most of the time.

cejay — Seen walks a fine line.

Y’all should want to talk about the 5-2 Falcons and not all of the other stuff.

Falcon Jim

October 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

Joe is actually a successful business man in Omaha. Who would have thunk it?

Joe Tess Place began as a neighborhood tavern in the 1930’s. Ever since, the humble carp has been the driving force behind Joe Tess Place. Now a successful family restaurant in the tradition of friendly service high quality fresh fish, we since and transport our own fish for guaranteed freshness.

Bluto

October 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

Joe Tess fish house, you are the guy who was challenging people to meet you in the real world a couple of months ago. Now your feelings get hurt because of what someone types on the PC? I guess you are all sensitive because Roddy White made your boy T.O. look like a second rate WR.

Oh I am sorry did that hurt your feeling too?
HAHAHAHAHAHA

Ueeediot

October 25th, 2010
12:36 pm

“Both of those wide outs that were out there today are guys that have *had* great careers.”

’nuff said.

Stevie B

October 25th, 2010
12:37 pm

Falcons Jim: I know, I know, bad joke. LOL

FrontRow

October 25th, 2010
12:38 pm

Not so fast – the Bengals do not have a very good pass rush so please, enjoy the double a$$whipping a little then get over it.

Bucs are next – they are desparate to sell tickets and 1-1 in the next 2 weeks does them alot of good.

However, Raheem Morris, at least, just gave the Falcons the bulliten board poster they need when they come back to work next week.

Frozen Tundra Falcon Fan

October 25th, 2010
12:39 pm

You guys I had to let you read this response to Raheem’s rant. It’s from a Buc fan.

“uncle ruckus rocks wrote:
i’m loving all the pot references with this team. blunt smoked the defense. stevens busted for an ounce plus. now raheem says they’re the best team in the nfc…that may be the most damning evidence that stevens was supplying his coach.”

Stevie B

October 25th, 2010
1:07 pm

I agree with DOL. Atlanta is 5-2!!! We have by far the best TE in the league. Roddy White gets better and better each game. I will be shocked if he does not make the Pro Bowl. Although I thought Turner has not looked as fast as he did 2 years ago, he now looks like 244 lbs of shear hurt. As for Clevenland, the team has a coach who lets the players wild. There is no discipline. What kind of Coach condones a wide reciever send the opposing team taunting gifts. He may be an above average reciever, but White makes him look like a second string high school reciever. Don’t ge me wrong, Cleveland has two talented receivers who if they actually concentrated on football instead of reality shows, cereal, touchdown dances, bulleton board antics and tweets, they may actually contribute to a win instead of being mocked all over the country today. I think that Carson Palmer who is a decsent QB should beg to be traded out of the biology project gone bad that has become the Cincinatti Bengals. Maybe Minnesota could use him because he is way above TO and Ocho Zero.

As far as Coach Morris is concerned, I don’t mind someone being confident, however, to call your team the best team in the NFC in the seventh week of the season, is not only premature, but could prove to be very embarrassing later on. I think it shows very little respect for your opponent, sort of like what Ocho Cinco did. I have a strange feeling that in a couple of weeks, he will be asking for a glass of water to wash down his foot.

Hats off to Coach Smith and to Falcons organization as a whole for being a classy organization and a model of excellence.

falconfanintitantown

October 25th, 2010
1:07 pm

JOE TESS FISH POOP, I thought by now you would have starved to death. I mean we all know you are not smart enough to sustain yourself for any length of time. We know this by the comments you make and your insufficiant spelling errors ie- “ascared of the bucs” But please keep posting. We all need a good laugh! As I have been saying all along, these FALCONS are 4 real. I have not seen this kind of heart in our team in a long time. I’m proud of you boys. KEEP RISING UP!

FHZ

October 25th, 2010
1:10 pm

Don’t be over-confident vs. The Bucs.

Falcons (like most Atlanta/Georgia teams) struggle when they are expected to win.

In 2 weeks, the Buccaneers will probably lead The Falcons 16-3 by halftime..

The “Bucs” have a good secondary, and The Falcons struggle against The “Tampa 2 Deep” Defense.

Stevie B

October 25th, 2010
1:10 pm

I keep saying Cleveland, however, I am speaking of Cincinatti. Sorry to all the Vick fans and Joe Tess Fish House patrons who may have been confused or sweating profusely while trying to read my comment.

Doug

October 25th, 2010
1:15 pm

Tampa Bay has wins against Cleveland, Carolina, Cincinnati, and St. Louis by an average margin of +5 pts (take out the Carolina game and the average is less than 3 pts margin of victory). Very suspect strength of schedule. When they have played “contenders” (Pitt & N.O.), their margin of loss both times was by 25 pts. We should note that both losses were in Tampa Bay! Only two teams in the NFL are worse than their 16.3 pts per game. Only one team has scored less TD’s than the Bucs (10). One of their mighty wins is vs the only team with less TDs (Carolina, 7). Only 8 teams have given up more TDs on defense than the Bucs (16).

Best team in the NFC? You’ll get a look at that team in 2 weeks, Coach Morris!

Falcon Jim

October 25th, 2010
1:17 pm

Stevie, good job ! From sarcasm to confusion. You will keep some of these genius’ on their toes.

HA HA HA

Authur Blank

October 25th, 2010
1:23 pm

The Falcons need to watch tape of themselves, the had different games where the did something really well only to forget the next game, just put it all together every game cause the only game they were not in was the Eagles game, they could have stole that one against the Stelers if they wanted it.

Hot Roddy

October 25th, 2010
1:39 pm

Go Falcons! They are the best team in the NFC South. When we are at home we can defeat any team, and the Bucs are going to be sailing back to Tampa with another double-digit loss. The Bucs are getting hyped and Morris is trying to ride that momentum into next week’s game since he understands this matchup will be one of the toughest and most important games of the season. The Saints are inconsistent and the Panthers are…well…awful. The Bucs ship will soon sink and the Falcons will float to the top of the NFC South and never look back. Rising Up!

REAL FALCON DAWG FAN

October 25th, 2010
1:49 pm

hey D.LED. SMITTY WILL LET HIS TEAM TELL RAHEEM ,SMITTY HAS WAY TOO MUCH CLASS TO SAY BRING IT,BUT HIS FOOTBALL TEAM HAS HIS BACK AND THEY WILL SHOW RATHER THAN TELL RAHEEM! THE 2010 FALCONS ARE A SPECIAL TEAM,AND WHEN WE PLAY BUCS WE WILL BE AT FULL STRENGTH .GO FALCONS

falconfiend

October 25th, 2010
2:03 pm

Hey D. Led. ask defensive Coaches why they called blitz on third and long(shipley’s touchdown). That third q was killing me. There is no way the bungals go ahead of us. Falcons need to come out of the locker room motivated to win and be the best team in the NFC. Falcons need to practice putting teams away in the second half. who dey bengals? You know who.

falconfiend

October 25th, 2010
2:08 pm

Bucs playing good. I like the challenge of competing for first place in the dome.Bucs Coach motivated to be the best team in the NFC. See you in the bird cage Morris. After my six pack of beer, dome gonna get loud.

Damage Inc.

October 25th, 2010
2:19 pm

Joe- It’s not even funny anymore. I’m starting to feel bad for you. I bet you always win at scrabble don’t you?